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Monday, July 09, 2012

ParaCozyMysMo - Sarah Zettel - Vampire Chef Mysteries

Due to technical difficulties I'm sharing with you an interview I did with Sarah Zettel in July 2011 when the first novel in the Vampire Chef Mystery series was released.






TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sarah:  Wow. Writing's such a quirky occupation, it's hard to pick just one. I guess I'd have to say that I can't write in isolation. There's the popular image of the writer who really needs to get away to a cabin in the woods and lock the door and be completely alone to crank out their novel. I've tried something like that, and I get _nothing_ done. I need mental focus, but I also really people around to interact with to be really productive.


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sarah:  Oh, that's a long list, and it's constantly changing. Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Dorothy Sayers, Georgette Heyer, Poul Anderson, CL Moore, Agatha Christie, Richard Adams would be for starters. My writing is influenced one way and another by every book I read, because every book teaches me something about the craft, whether it's something to try to work toward, or something to avoid at all costs.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Sarah:  I'm a panster with plotter pretensions. I start every book with an outline, but by page 100, things have inevitably changed so much, I throw the outline away and fly blind for the rest of it.


TQ:  What inspired you to write the Vampire Chef Mystery series?

Sarah:  A publisher phone call. Seriously. This is something that seriously almost never happens, but one day the editor and publisher Marty Greenberg, who sadly just passed away, walked into the office and said "Vampire Chef. Why has no one done this?" and the people around him all blinked and said, "Yeah, why hasn't anybody done that." They then started looking for an author who'd be interested in such a project. First they contacted Esther Friesner, who is an extremely funny writer, but she couldn't take on the extra project and gave them my name. I got the next call and when the words "Vampire Chef," came down the line. I said "I'm in." I did not care what came after that, I wanted to be part of this project.


TQ:  Why did you set the series in New York City?

Sarah:  It's one of the great food cities in the country, if not _the_ great food city in the country. Plus, it's a place I do truly love, so it was an easy choice.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I like the opening a great deal, particularly the end of the first chapter. I am also very fond of the, you should excuse the expression, stakeout scene with Anatole.


TQ:  In A Taste of the Nightlife, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Sarah:  Charlotte was definitely the easiest. I am very comfortable writing with strong, ambitious women with a bit of banter and snark. Can't think why that would be. VBG. Oddly, the toughest turned out to be Brendan, because I wanted Brendan to be a nice guy, but still a strong and interesting character. Broody and angsty is relatively easy. Making someone genuinely _nice_ and yet keeping them interesting and dynamic at the same time, is a more difficult trick than it appears at first glance.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create both Nightlife (the restaurant) and the world in A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I got permission to observe Friday night dinner rush at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. I met the chefs and cooks, talked to one of their farmers. I interviewed Vannessa Sly, who was a high end chef both in Chicago and Las Vegas I ate out a fair amount, both in my home town and in NYC. And, of course, I read everything I could get my hands on, starting with Anthony Bourdain's famous KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, but working my way through books like WAITER RANT and SERVICE INCLUDED to get the front of the house perspective. I'm only sorry the new memoir BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER, which is fabulous, wasn't out when I started writing the book.


TQ:  Do you have a favorite recipe from A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I'm very partial to the asparagus dip Charlotte makes for her roommates. And, of course, the lasagna.


TQ:  Describe A Taste of Nightlife in 140 characters or less.

Sarah:  Welcome to Nightlife, home of haut noir cuisine in an NYC where vampires are out of the coffin, witches have bad attitudes, and Chef Charlotte Caine has a murder on her hands. (I think that does it).


TQ:  How many books are planned for the Vampire Chef Mystery series?

Sarah:  Well, I've just turned in Book #2, LET THEM EAT STAKE. After that, we will have to see. Personally, I hope there will be many more. I have lots of plans for Charlotte, Chet, Brendan and Anatole.


TQ:  What's next?

Sarah:  Well, first of all, I have to outline and set up the next Vampire Chef book(s). I also have a young adult series, the first book of which is coming out in the summer of 2012: THE DUST GIRL, and I'm very excited about that.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Sarah:  Delighted to be here.



Vampire Chef Mysteries

Let Them Eat Stake
A Vampire Chef Mystery 2
Signet, April 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

It's a dream for a "Vampire Chef"-cater the high-profile wedding of a 200-year-old vampire and a wealthy witch. So why did celebrity chef Oscar Simmons walk away from this gig? Charlotte agrees to take his place, even though she knows this event, thrown by power-hungry vampires and witches, could make (or break) her career, her restaurant, and her life. But when Simmons turns up dead, the groom's family starts vanishing, and the police start asking pointed questions, Charlotte fears she may have picked the wrong wedding to stake her reputation on...


A Taste of the Nightlife
A Vampire Chef Mystery 1
Signet, July 5, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Charlotte Caine isn't called "the Vampire Chef" because she's a member of New York's undead community-she just cooks for them. Her restaurant, Nightlife, is poised to take the top slot in the world of "haute noir" cuisine.

But when a drunk customer causes a scene, a glowing review from the city's top food critic doesn't seem likely-especially when that customer winds up dead on Nightlife's doorstep. Now, with her brother under suspicion for the murder, Charlotte has to re-open her restaurant and clear her brother's name-before they both become dinner.




About Sarah
Sarah Zettel is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author and one of the founding members of Book View Cafe. She has written fourteen novels and a roughly equal number of short stories over the past ten years in addition to practicing tai chi, learning to fiddle, marrying a rocket scientist and raising a rapidly growing son. She is very tired right now.

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The Giveaways

There is a giveaway of Let Them Eat Stake (A Vampire Chef Mystery 2) with this interview. You can also enter to win the Grand Prize by using the Rafflecopter. The comment you leave to enter to win Let Them Eat Stake may also be used to enter to win the Grand Prize. Both Giveaways are open internationally.



To Enter to Win a Copy of Let Them Eat Stake

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Let Them Eat Stake (A Vampire Chef Mystery 2) by Sarah Zettel. The novel is generously provided by Penguin.

How:  Leave a comment. Please remember - if you don't leave a comment your entry will not be counted.  You must also leave a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will not be counted.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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The View From Monday - July 9, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a nice weekend. This week at The Qwillery is busy as usual.


Monday - ParaCozyMysMo with Sarah Zettel. Let Them Eat Stake (A Vampire Chef Mystery 2) was published in April.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Megan Powell. No Peace for the Damned (The Damned 1) will be published on July 10, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael R. UnderwoodGeekomancy will be published on July 10, 2012.

Thursday - ParaCozyMysMo with Mary Stanton, author of The Beaufort & Company Mysteries.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Michael Poore. Up Jumps the Devil was published on July 3, 2012

Saturday - ParaCozyMysMo with Sofie Kelly, author of the Magical Cats Mysteries.

Sunday - Interview with Kylie Griffin. Alliance Forged (A Novel of the Light Blade 2) was published on July 3, 2012.


It's a relatively light book release week.


July 9, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest (e)
Terry Brooks F - Short Story



July 10, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Albert of Adelaide (d)
Howard Anderson F
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Stephen L. Carter AH
The Investigation
Philippe Claudel Satire/Dystopian
The White Devil (h2tp)
Justin Evans Th/P/H
Lord Tyger (ri)
Philip Jose Farmer F
Shadow of Night
Deborah Harkness UF - All Souls Trilogy 2
The Mysterious Wu Fang: The Case of the Suicide Tomb (ri)
Robert J. Hogan H
Some Kind of Fairy Tale
Graham Joyce SF
West of Want
Laura Kaye PNR - Hearts of the Anemoi 2
A Once Crowded Sky (d)
Tom King F
Blood of the Demon (ri)
Rosalie Lario PNR - Demons of Infernum 1
Tempting the Gods: The Selected Stories of Tanith Lee Volume 1
Tanith Lee F - Collection
V Wars
Jonathan Maberry (ed) F
Fever Moon
Karen Marie Moning UF - Graphic Novel
House of Shadows
Rachel Neumeier F
The Prankster: A Novella
James Polster SF/Humor
No Peace for the Damned (d)
Megan Powell UF - Damned 1
Year Zero (fiction d)
Rob Reid SF/Humor
Geekomancy (d) (e)
Michael R Underwood UF
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists (h2tp)
Ann VanderMeer (ed)
Jeff VanderMeer (ed)
F/SP/SF - Anthology
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
Sam Weller (ed)
Mort Castle (ed)
SF/F - Anthology
Zone One (h2tp)
Colson Whitehead H
The Last Policeman
Ben Winters F/M
The Prisoner of Heaven
Carlos Ruiz Zafon M/Su/G - Cemetery of Forgotten Books 3



July 11, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction
Samuel R. Delany Literary Criticism



d - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Harcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint

AH - Alternate History
F- Fantasy
G - Gothic
H - Horror
M - Mystery
P - Paranormal
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Winners! - July 30, 2011

Here are the winners of some recent giveaways.


Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk and 17 Jewels from Cemetery Cat Jewelry




pattepoilue who said

My favorite genre is Historical romance! I love UF and Steampunk too but I tend to read more historicals ;)



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Hunted by Others, Taken by Others, or Deceived by Others - winner's choice or 1 of these books


marybelle who said

What does it say about me that my favorite video game right now is LEGO Harry Potter?



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A Shot in the Dark (Jesse James Dawson 2)



Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy who said

Oh my goodness, yes! I get sidetracked wayyyy too easily when searching the internet. LOL Thanks for the giveaway!



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A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef Mystery 1) by Sarah Zettel


cyn209 who said...

my favorite snack or meal??? too many choices, by i would have to say favorite snack is CHIPS!! favorite meals???? spaghetti or pizza!!!!



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Vampire Babylon series by Chris Marie Green


Gail who said

I love all westerns! Rio Bravo is one of my favs. John Wayne, Dean Martin & Ricky Nelson, it had it all :-) My current favorite postapocalytic book(s) are Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage series. I'm looking forward to reading Bloodlands!




The winners have been notified and have until Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 11:59PM US Eastern Time to claim their goodies or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

As usual... thank you to everyone who participated!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Interview with Sarah Zettel & Giveaway - July 12, 2011

Please welcome Sarah Zettel to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sarah:  Wow. Writing's such a quirky occupation, it's hard to pick just one. I guess I'd have to say that I can't write in isolation. There's the popular image of the writer who really needs to get away to a cabin in the woods and lock the door and be completely alone to crank out their novel. I've tried something like that, and I get _nothing_ done. I need mental focus, but I also really people around to interact with to be really productive.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sarah:  Oh, that's a long list, and it's constantly changing. Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Dorothy Sayers, Georgette Heyer, Poul Anderson, CL Moore, Agatha Christie, Richard Adams would be for starters. My writing is influenced one way and another by every book I read, because every book teaches me something about the craft, whether it's something to try to work toward, or something to avoid at all costs.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Sarah:  I'm a panster with plotter pretensions. I start every book with an outline, but by page 100, things have inevitably changed so much, I throw the outline away and fly blind for the rest of it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Vampire Chef Mystery series?

Sarah:  A publisher phone call. Seriously. This is something that seriously almost never happens, but one day the editor and publisher Marty Greenberg, who sadly just passed away, walked into the office and said "Vampire Chef. Why has no one done this?" and the people around him all blinked and said, "Yeah, why hasn't anybody done that." They then started looking for an author who'd be interested in such a project. First they contacted Esther Friesner, who is an extremely funny writer, but she couldn't take on the extra project and gave them my name. I got the next call and when the words "Vampire Chef," came down the line. I said "I'm in." I did not care what came after that, I wanted to be part of this project.

TQ:  Why did you set the series in New York City?

Sarah:  It's one of the great food cities in the country, if not _the_ great food city in the country. Plus, it's a place I do truly love, so it was an easy choice.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I like the opening a great deal, particularly the end of the first chapter. I am also very fond of the, you should excuse the expression, stakeout scene with Anatole.

TQ:  In A Taste of the Nightlife, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Sarah:  Charlotte was definitely the easiest. I am very comfortable writing with strong, ambitious women with a bit of banter and snark. Can't think why that would be. VBG. Oddly, the toughest turned out to be Brendan, because I wanted Brendan to be a nice guy, but still a strong and interesting character. Broody and angsty is relatively easy. Making someone genuinely _nice_ and yet keeping them interesting and dynamic at the same time, is a more difficult trick than it appears at first glance.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create both Nightlife (the restaurant) and the world in A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I got permission to observe Friday night dinner rush at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. I met the chefs and cooks, talked to one of their farmers. I interviewed Vannessa Sly, who was a high end chef both in Chicago and Las Vegas I ate out a fair amount, both in my home town and in NYC. And, of course, I read everything I could get my hands on, starting with Anthony Bourdain's famous KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, but working my way through books like WAITER RANT and SERVICE INCLUDED to get the front of the house perspective. I'm only sorry the new memoir BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER, which is fabulous, wasn't out when I started writing the book.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite recipe from A Taste of the Nightlife?

Sarah:  I'm very partial to the asparagus dip Charlotte makes for her roommates. And, of course, the lasagna.

TQ:  Describe A Taste of Nightlife in 140 characters or less.

Sarah:  Welcome to Nightlife, home of haut noir cuisine in an NYC where vampires are out of the coffin, witches have bad attitudes, and Chef Charlotte Caine has a murder on her hands. (I think that does it).

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Vampire Chef Mystery series?

Sarah:  Well, I've just turned in Book #2, LET THEM EAT STAKE. After that, we will have to see. Personally, I hope there will be many more. I have lots of plans for Charlotte, Chet, Brendan and Anatole.

TQ:  What's next?

Sarah:  Well, first of all, I have to outline and set up the next Vampire Chef book(s). I also have a young adult series, the first book of which is coming out in the summer of 2012: THE DUST GIRL, and I'm very excited about that.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Sarah:  Delighted to be here.


About A Taste of the Nightlife

A Taste of the Nightlife
Vampire Chef Mystery 1
(Signet, July 5, 2011)
Charlotte Caine isn't called "the Vampire Chef" because she's a member of New York's undead community-she just cooks for them. Her restaurant, Nightlife, is poised to take the top slot in the world of "haute noir" cuisine.

But when a drunk customer causes a scene, a glowing review from the city's top food critic doesn't seem likely-especially when that customer winds up dead on Nightlife's doorstep. Now, with her brother under suspicion for the murder, Charlotte has to re-open her restaurant and clear her brother's name-before they both become dinner.

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For a complete list of Sarah's books head to her website by clicking here.


About Sarah


Sarah Zettel is an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult and now mystery author and one of the founding members of Book View Cafe, the internet's largest professional author cooperative. She has written seventeen novels and a roughly equal number of short stories over the past ten years in addition to practicing tai chi, learning to fiddle, marrying a rocket scientist and raising a rapidly growing son. She is very tired right now.

Sarah's website: www.sarahzettel.com
To read a preview and buy A TASTE OF THE NIGHTFILE:
http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Sarah-Zettel/Sarah-Zettel-Novels/A-Taste-of-the-Nightlife-Exclusive-Preview


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Taste of the Nightlife (Vampire Chef Mystery 1) from Sarah!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite meal or snack?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, July19, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Monday, July 11, 2011

The View From Monday - July 11, 2011

Happy Monday! This is a light week for book releases. I'm only going to pick up 1 book!

There will be 3 interviews this week:

- Sarah Zettel on the 13th. A Taste of the Nightlife, the first book in her new Vampire Chef Mystery series was published on the July 5, 2011.

- Christine Cody on the 14th.  Bloodlands, the first book in her Bloodlands series will be published on July 26, 2011.

and

- Stina Leicht on the 15th.  Of Blood and Honey, the first book in her The Fey and The Fallen series, was published in January 2011. Stina is part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge.


A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Remember to set your printer to Landscape mode. Anthology covers and book trailers are below.


July 11, 2011

My Favorite Band Does Not ExistJeschonek, Robert T.YA


July 12, 2011

Token of Darkness**Atwater-Rhodes, AmeliaYA - Den of Shadow
Sleepless**Balog, CynYA
StarstruckBalog, CynYA
Dragon's OathCast, P.C.YA - House of Night
The Hidden CoronetFisher, CatherineYA - Relic Master 3
Johannes Cabal the DetectiveHoward, Jonathan L.F
Wildcat FirefliesKizer, AmberYA - Meridian 2
A Dance with DragonsMartin, George R.R.EF
UndercurrentRayburn, TriciaYA - Siren Trilogy 2
ForeverStiefvater, MaggieYA - Wolves of Mercy Falls 3
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and ArtistsVanderMeer, Ann (ed)
VanderMeer, Jeff (ed)
SF/F - Anthology
SpellboundWest, JacquelineYA - Book of Elsewhere 2


July 13, 2011

The Four Fingers of Death**Moody, RickSF
Guardian of the Gate**Zink, MichelleYA - Prophecy of the Sisters 2


July 14, 2011

The Last ArchangelYoung, MichaelYA


July 15, 2011

Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know ItAshley, MikeLiterary Criticism
The Emergence of Latin American Science FictionFerreira, Rachel HaywoodHistory & Criticism


Anthology cover



Book Trailers

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is complete!




Forever by Maggie Stiefvater




The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody (for the hardcover release)




Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink (for the hardcover release)




The Last Archangel by Michael Young